Where Are You From?

When people ask me this very simple question, "Where are you from?" I always hesitate for a fraction of a second. It's not an easy question for me to answer since I grew up in 3 different countries and have lived in over a dozen cities in my 28 years on this planet. But I've been embracing this more these days, finding new ways to accept myself through my art.

And as it turns out, I'm not the only one who has turned to art as a way of processing their nomadic lifestyle. A graduate student at the University of Florida, Laura Keeney, found my website and invited me to be a part of her thesis project on Art Education for Third Culture Kids (TCKs). One definition of a TCK is:

"...a person who has spent a significant part of his or her development years outside the parents' culture."

Of course, my parents were also TCKs, so basically my answer is, "It's complicated." At any rate, you can read more about it and see my work on pages 3-6:  
http://issuu.com/keeney.le/docs/issuu_capstone_final_?e=0/10643479

Letting Go, 2010. Oil on canvas. 36"x60".

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